Saturday, June 15, 2024

(Way) Back To School!

We turn the page on the calendar to a new year and it’s time to get back to school (except on snow days!). To get you back into the swing of things, we’ve decided to page through some yearbooks from decades gone by. We start with a look at Sadie Hawkins Day couples from 1973. From its origins in the late 1930s, many high schools and colleges hosted annual dances in mid-November, where the girls asked boys out, and wardrobe had a definite country flavor.

Our next images are poignant ones from the class of ’42. In the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack and US entry into World War II in December 1941, the entire focus of the student body shifted. Here we see boys and girls exercising.  The caption below the pictures reads in part, (these boys & girls are) “getting exercise so that they will be more healthy and hearty, and thus able to serve Uncle Sam in their country’s time of need.”

A peak at the front page of a 1945 copy of The Panorama, reveals the impact that World War II still had on everyday life.  In addition to covering Sanford’s Halloween Carnival and upcoming activities at school, the lead articles included details about the students’ level of donations to war funds, and spotlights on school alumni who had received medals of honor.

For many years, high school students took some classes that were both “career” oriented and gender-specific.  Here we see classroom pictures from a girls’ typewriting class and a boys’ shop class.

Finally, let’s drop in on Sanford High School’s band and chorus from the 1930s. Both music programs were very well supported in this era — both by students and by the community.

Editorial content, pictures and research background, compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase. All book proceeds go to Sanford’s Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.